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The imbalance of the male to female ratio

In the world today, the statistics show that there are 33 million more men than women. The purpose of this study was to find out where in the world these differences exist.

In the world today, the statistics show that there are 33 million more men than women. The purpose of this study was to find out where in the world these differences exist (only countries with a population of over 500,000 were taken into account).

The male to female ratios vary quite significantly throughout the world. Despite the fact that men outnumber women, there are a large number of countries in which the females outnumber the male population, particularly in Europe. One of the most interesting findings of the study was that the only European country to have more males than females amongst its populace is Turkey.

It is also interesting to note that out of the top ten countries in which women outnumber men, eight of these are former Soviet Republics.

In Middle Eastern countries there is a distinct pattern of men outnumbering women. Eight out of the top ten countries in which males outnumber females are located in the Middle East. The reason for this is said to be due to the massive influx of foreign males from South Asia who come to work in these Middle Eastern countries. The extreme case of this is found in the United Arab Emirates where men now outnumber women by a massive 2.14 to 1.

Pos Country Male Female Number of Females per Male
1 Latvia 1,055,000 1,252,000 1.19
2 Estonia 611,000 718,000 1.18
3 Ukraine 21,310,000 25,171,000 1.18
4 Armenia 1,406,000 1,610,000 1.15
5 Lesotho 835,000 960,000 1.15
6 Lithuania 1,600,000 1,831,000 1.14
7 Russian Federation 66,447,000 76,754,000 1.16
8 Belarus 4,559,000 5,197,000 1.14
9 Hong Kong 3,313,000 3,728,000 1.13
10 Georgia 2,114,000 2,360,000 1.12
Pos Country Male Female Number of Males per Female
1 United Arab Emirates 3,063,000 1,433,000 2.14
2 Qatar 547,000 265,000 2.06
3 Kuwait 1,612,000 1,075,000 1.50
4 Bahrain 414,000 313,000 1.32
5 Oman 1,443,000 1,124,000 1.28
6 Saudi Arabia 13,259,000 11,314,000 1.17
7 Jordan 2,964,000 2,739,000 1.08
8 Timor-Leste 492,000 455,000 1.08
9 Libya 3,020,000 2,834,000 1.07
10 Afghanistan 15,404,000 14,459,000 1.07
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  1. Seamagician

    On October 24, 2006 at 6:05 am


    Interesting article…

  2. kof

    On October 28, 2006 at 1:20 am


    Congratulations on your great and curious research. Looking at your excellent statistics the first comment that comes to my mind are of two kinds diametrically opposite in some ways. The explanation I propose for the above seemingly contradictory collection of data are twofold. In the first case where the male/female ratio imbalance is favorable to the females I would say that in the countries of the ex-Soviet empire, men die early because of astonishing rates of alcoholism and very poor sanitation. This has been corroborated by a very large body of information coming from Eastern Europe and the ex-Soviet Union. In the second case where the male/female ratio imbalance is favorable to the males I cannot help but have to say that the Arab and muslim countries in general are afflicted by an incredibly harsh lifestyle especially for women who are despised, deprecated, infibulated and tormented in all kind of ways only a satanist mind would imagine. The Arab cultures (islamo-fascism in other words) are a mysogynist nightmare come true. Women cannot survive in an environment that denies their very existence.

  3. saima

    On October 30, 2006 at 11:27 pm


    what is india and pakisan ratio

  4. Peter Archbold

    On November 1, 2006 at 10:48 am


    India has 1.06 males for every female and Pakistan has 1.05 males for every female.

  5. Pierre

    On November 2, 2006 at 5:00 pm


    And what is the ratio of China and Indonesia and of the ten most populous contries ?

  6. Muhammad Azeem

    On November 27, 2006 at 1:26 am


    Respected Raeder, I just want to say that you will see the actual difference between the ration of men and women after 20 yeras. The ratio of women is growing fast as it can.

  7. April

    On July 12, 2007 at 3:47 am


    Thank you so much for your article. I have been having a year dicussion with my boyfriend re: this topic and he said that women outnumbered men, is there a way to find out what the ratio is in Mexico?

  8. dina

    On July 23, 2007 at 5:20 am


    this needs a scientific explanation, can anyone supply us with, also, isn’t scientificly proven that the male chromosomes are decreasing?

    what will happen to the world when the number of men becomes so little?

    a uni sex gender lol

  9. Robert

    On August 3, 2007 at 4:32 pm


    The Census and Statistics Department of the Hong Kong Government published a report in July 2007 that, by the year 2036, the gender ratio in Hong Kong’s population will be 703 males to 1000 females. The latest current figures are 9xx males to 1000 females (for year 2006). Just FYI …

  10. No Name

    On February 5, 2008 at 7:33 am


    u need to have an authentic references to tell us this facts.
    where is these references.

    Congratulations if u find it

  11. ALI

    On March 5, 2008 at 9:17 am


    well ,men can b e a bit more than the females at present but thats also a fact that females ratio is increasing so fast as compare to men and there would be a time when there would b 2 males for 100 of females …believe it or not but its true

  12. pj

    On March 31, 2008 at 12:42 pm


    you can thank WW1 and WW2 for those european numbers. Fact is, war kills men. Look at germany after WW2, german women were writing letters to the wives of American solders asking permission to sleep with them so they could repopulate the country.

  13. xae

    On June 26, 2008 at 5:56 am


    where is the ratio of Indonesian?

  14. Sam

    On July 27, 2008 at 11:04 am


    Reference to 2 by kof, Oct 28, 2006

    I do agree with you, in Islamic countries male are dominant, not due to Islam, because of culture and if you read the research again and pay attention, the male to female ratio is due to the temporary worker in Middle East. It has nothing to do with Islam you F*%# Racist.

  15. La BellaDonna

    On July 31, 2008 at 3:26 pm


    Countries that have traditionally placed all value on sons and none on daughters have taken advantage of both modern technology (ultrasound to determine the sex of a foetus, followed by abortion if the foetus is female) and traditional methods: infanticide and neglect, to reduce the number of daughters in their families. India and China are two countries which are experiencing significant population imbalances as a result, and China is already looking ahead to a shortage of women available for the men to marry.

    Unfortunately, it appears as if the imbalance will very likely not work in women’s favor; instead of their being valued, finally, as human beings, it appears as if they will be valued – as a saleable commodity.

  16. George

    On August 1, 2008 at 11:00 am


    Have been in Latvia 19 times..It is expensive country for man who are feminits..:D Baltic states for people, in general, liking beatyful blond girls..:)
    But what about Poland?? I ve been there about 10 times.. It is very good Country for all greedy west european feminists, who wanted to get beatyful girls without spending money? Now Poland is not a poure country anymore, but it is still easy to pick up girls as before..:D

  17. Ron

    On August 17, 2008 at 2:39 pm


    Actually the bigger and more important question here would be the male to female ratio of those of child bearing wears.

    I know in Western and Industrialized nations, women live considerably longer than men. While elsewhere the opposite is true.

  18. Ameed

    On August 24, 2008 at 7:24 pm


    hey gents,
    i don’t think that this study is reflecting the reality, it is only used to show that arab and muslims are very bad with women, but this is not the reality. all the arabic country are mentioned are Oil and Gas country and must of there people are not educated so they ask for worker from india and china. these two countries they have serious problem with girls baby in their religion and belives which cause that they have alot of men and most of them are looking for work in near area which is the Gulf and arabic countries

  19. coffeechat

    On October 20, 2008 at 8:19 pm


    Excellent compilation of data! In the first instance, women do live longer than men. This is true in most countries, as a general rule.

    As you have rightly pointed out in your survey – shoddy Islamic regimes affect the natural course of events through bestial behaviour.

    That is the true nature of Islam and its bleeding followers.

  20. GOD's lover

    On November 6, 2008 at 11:08 pm


    I think this study represents male/female distribution with respect to their existance , but not citizenship.

    What Islam has to do with this?????????????????????

    Inherent hatred inside you mean one thing, which is you are brain washed.I DON’T BLAME YOU FOR THAT. Do not fool yourself and believe what international Zionist biased media dictate. They did a good job (damage) in that.

    Islam is innocent of these charges. God made religion to guide humanity. Since God is in control of the universe and this is it. Human beings must therefore follow and obey His commands and instructions strictly and faithfully, that is If you believe in God. As for the non-believers God let them live , but like beasts. They will live, eat, drink, work, sleep, make love, get drunk (intoxicated), enjoy their lust, make money, follow their desires, ………., then DIE. Are they ready to face Him when He brings them back? What would they say to Him about how they used and spent their life? Where are they going to hide? They will be held accountable of what they did. Then they either pass or fail the Ultimate Exam. Then go to Paradise with GOD or Hell with SATAN FOREVER. So they better be prepared for it. Trust me it will happen whether you beleive it or not. It is a matter of time. I wish everyone abide to GOD’s orders in order to be safe. I think you should do some search about ISLAM and learn about it. At least you can rely on yourself but not on what you see, hear, or read from the biased anti ISLAM mass media.
    I wish you all good luck.
    —————————————-
    the following link may help some about male/female ratio

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_sex_ratio

    And may GOD’s blessing and mercy be uopn us ALL.

  21. danny craig

    On November 10, 2008 at 10:28 pm


    boston legal talked about it today, blame the ultrasound among other sociocultural examples of preference for one sex over another for female numbers going down and you can blame the wars for men numbers going down in the past.

  22. Jafar Omar.

    On December 2, 2008 at 1:16 pm


    Well I am reading and reading and I don’t see one mention of the fact that God creates how he wills. If God wants more females than males or vice versa then that is God’s will. And again, what dose religion have to do with the world’s population?

    Most non-Muslims want to jump on any mention of a Muslim woman being raped or harmed in anyway and will make it sound as if all Muslims are this way. Don’t get me wrong, I strongly disagree with any ill treatment of women anywhere but Muslims aren’t the only one’s doing it. Muslims are just the only ones criticized for doing it. Priest’s all over the world molest little choir boys all the time! But are Christians criticized for their actions like Muslims are criticized for theirs? “NO!”

    Do Muslims get together and say “Hey, you know these Christians really are sick people. Their Priest’s go around molesting little boys and Christians think it’s OK. Ah, we are on to something here. Maybe that’s why there are more women in Non-Muslim parts of the world, because their men are busy molesting little choir boys!”

    The simple fact is: God creates how he wants to create. The world male/female ratio has nothing to do with religion or Science. It all has to do with the will of God.

  23. arman

    On December 18, 2008 at 7:29 am


    islam is the truth.if you deny it is your problem.Allah has created both man and women equally.But if you want to be agay or transexual how can you hope for a equal ratio.Islam stictly forbide this.Moreover you are killing muslim men.So Allah is helping us.May Allah show you right path.

  24. timmy

    On December 18, 2008 at 7:39 am


    Some of the habits of christians are responsible for abnormal ratio m/f.MOST PROBABLY HOMOSEXUALITY AND ABSURD LIBERALISM.IN THIS SENSE ISLAM IS PREFERABLE.

  25. Paul

    On December 20, 2008 at 10:56 pm


    why did even this turn to a debate between Christian and Islam believes?
    Though it is good to question and doubt, but do it in a direction of history and logic, not with blind folds and stick yelling what I believe in is true while hitting everyone else with your (stick) words.
    I could suggest a few sites
    http://islamexplained.com/
    http://www.islam-christianity.net/

    I speak this for I will for ever stand up for the truth.

  26. Nazim

    On January 29, 2009 at 3:39 am


    The high number males in Arab countries is due to lot of expetriae men working in these countries.

  27. muhammad

    On February 6, 2009 at 8:14 pm


    “#24 by timmy, Dec 18, 2008
    Some of the habits of christians are responsible for abnormal ratio m/f.MOST PROBABLY HOMOSEXUALITY AND ABSURD LIBERALISM.IN THIS SENSE ISLAM IS PREFERABLE.”

    How this is going to affect the ratio???

    And please note homosexuality is not permitted in any religion whatsoever.

  28. rabbit

    On February 27, 2009 at 5:02 am


    can someone tell me the ratio of male to female in the philippines? and how it contributes to infidelity.

  29. Sinom

    On February 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm


    U are all totaly ignorant. The population in the Gulf-countries are not arabs or muslims. They are foreign workers!!! Thats why there are so many men and so few women!

  30. Naya

    On March 9, 2009 at 12:40 pm


    There may be many factors as to why the population varies so much, in some countries female infanticide could be responsible though not common. I don’t think religion has anything to do with varying female/male ratios – but please also realise criticising Islam or Christianity does not make one racist.

  31. lanti

    On April 11, 2009 at 11:57 am


    kute ke bache hain sun indians

  32. Jambo

    On May 22, 2009 at 10:28 am


    Arr! It’s obvious to me that the homosexuals are breeding which is changing the balance. Pretty soon Islamic transvestites and Christian Lesbians will be fornicating and who knows what we’ll have!
    Next we’ll have monkeys breeding with reptiles!

  33. Jim

    On May 22, 2009 at 10:35 am


    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2018.html

    This link has very detailed statistics (breakdown of ratio by age) for the whole world.

  34. Sad Monkey

    On January 20, 2010 at 7:06 am


    I find it interesting how any one posting a religious view point is always pro Islam and also includes ether an obscure or direct threat about not being Muslim. Instead of looking at this in a neutral point of view it is framed in a ‘Us of Them’ context, and anyone that is different is aromatically wrong and damn instead of using science for looking at this form a ration stand point. This article is not marking any discriminating clams, yet you feel your faith is put in to question because a person correlated dated from around the world and put a list of facts together. As another commenter said Christianity, Islam , And Judaism do not support or promote homosexuality; and homosexuals are not statistical contributing to population growth or the disparity of Men to Women in any one countries populations. And other theories and reasons are necessary to explain it such as war, technology, or population migration for better paying work. It is also interesting to see the Pro Islamic view points insist non believers and Westerners in particular are ignorant and choose to over look the misdeeds of the Catholic Church and the despicable actions some priests have committed agents children the “choir boys” as they have said yet it is there own ignorance of Western society and of other none believers that jades them to the truth; that those priests that have done great wrong to children are not at all tolerated and the people want to see them punished and are upset at the Catholic Church for hiding the misdeeds of there holy Fathers and priests. So many commenter’s clam racism against Muslims because of ignorance and misrepresenting of Islam on the part of Westerns because of the equality of women in Islam yet blame westerners for all the things they supposedly ignore; I am all for equality for both men and women but I will not tolerate intolerance. Before you say an entire group of people is guilty of ignorance or heresy, I say you must honestly and with open-minds look at yourself and your society and beliefs before you judged others for believing something different or being different. It would be easy for the rest of the world to look at the history of Islam and Mohammad and judge all believers as intolerant war mongers who would rather kill all those that have different views, then live in a world where people of different faiths and backgrounds tolerate the differences and celebrate each and one another as equals, and have something to contribute to humanity. So before you start to blame other people, whether it is because of differences in religion, or ways of life, or the way they chose to live, or love to take an objective look at your faith, society, and background and look at the similarities instead of the differences before you start to hate and blame others for all the problems of the world. For as small as the Earth is, it is a complicated place and it is way to easy to make assumptions on everyone based off one view point instead of looking for the truth. As many of the commenter said, It is god who is controlling things, so why do you assume you have the ability or even the right to judged the creators will in favor of your view point when it is just as likely if not more so that you are wrong and someone else view is right or at least more right then your own. Just because a person lives a different way or life, or believes differently then you do does not mean there life is worth more or less then someone else life. Every human life is equal in the end, and to say, or think, or to believe other wise is ignorant and racist. Each and everyone of Gods children has equal ability to effect and change the world for better or worse. The question is what do you want to do make the world a better place, a world of tolerance, or make the world a worse off place based of ignorance and intolerance

  35. Sad_Monkey

    On January 20, 2010 at 7:07 am


    I find it interesting how any one posting a religious view point is always pro Islam and also includes ether an obscure or direct threat about not being Muslim. Instead of looking at this in a neutral point of view it is framed in a \’Us of Them\’ context, and anyone that is different is aromatically wrong and damn instead of using science for looking at this form a ration stand point. This article is not marking any discriminating clams, yet you feel your faith is put in to question because a person correlated dated from around the world and put a list of facts together. As another commenter said Christianity, Islam , And Judaism do not support or promote homosexuality; and homosexuals are not statistical contributing to population growth or the disparity of Men to Women in any one countries populations. And other theories and reasons are necessary to explain it such as war, technology, or population migration for better paying work. It is also interesting to see the Pro Islamic view points insist non believers and Westerners in particular are ignorant and choose to over look the misdeeds of the Catholic Church and the despicable actions some priests have committed agents children the \”choir boys\” as they have said yet it is there own ignorance of Western society and of other none believers that jades them to the truth; that those priests that have done great wrong to children are not at all tolerated and the people want to see them punished and are upset at the Catholic Church for hiding the misdeeds of there holy Fathers and priests. So many commenter\’s clam racism against Muslims because of ignorance and misrepresenting of Islam on the part of Westerns because of the equality of women in Islam yet blame westerners for all the things they supposedly ignore; I am all for equality for both men and women but I will not tolerate intolerance. Before you say an entire group of people is guilty of ignorance or heresy, I say you must honestly and with open-minds look at yourself and your society and beliefs before you judged others for believing something different or being different. It would be easy for the rest of the world to look at the history of Islam and Mohammad and judge all believers as intolerant war mongers who would rather kill all those that have different views, then live in a world where people of different faiths and backgrounds tolerate the differences and celebrate each and one another as equals, and have something to contribute to humanity. So before you start to blame other people, whether it is because of differences in religion, or ways of life, or the way they chose to live, or love to take an objective look at your faith, society, and background and look at the similarities instead of the differences before you start to hate and blame others for all the problems of the world. For as small as the Earth is, it is a complicated place and it is way to easy to make assumptions on everyone based off one view point instead of looking for the truth. As many of the commenter said, It is god who is controlling things, so why do you assume you have the ability or even the right to judged the creators will in favor of your view point when it is just as likely if not more so that you are wrong and someone else view is right or at least more right then your own. Just because a person lives a different way or life, or believes differently then you do does not mean there life is worth more or less then someone else life. Every human life is equal in the end, and to say, or think, or to believe other wise is ignorant and racist. Each and everyone of Gods children has equal ability to effect and change the world for better or worse. The question is what do you want to do make the world a better place, a world of tolerance, or make the world a worse off place based of ignorance and intolerance

  36. Firefly

    On March 18, 2010 at 5:20 pm


    It’s funny that you guys are bringing religion into this. According to Islam, women will begin to outnumber men until the ratio is 50:1….

  37. Firefly

    On March 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm


    It\’s funny that you guys are bringing religion into this. According to Islam, women will begin to outnumber men until the ratio is 50:1….

  38. Firefly

    On March 18, 2010 at 5:28 pm


    It\\\’s funny that you guys are bringing religion into this. According to Islam, women will begin to outnumber men until the ratio is 50:1….

  39. tufail

    On November 6, 2010 at 1:47 pm


    EAST AND WEST ISLAM IS THE BEST

  40. Aqiq Bangash

    On March 25, 2011 at 3:46 am


    I donot believe in more male for less women ratio bcz man is more susceptible to death than women so always the population of women is more than men. It is not but natural. Infact the imbalance I mean that less women in developing country has been note bcz of the fact in such countery people dont like to show the women population.

  41. Toanglobal

    On April 7, 2011 at 11:58 pm


    The table omits andorra. In andorra have 108 males per 100 males

  42. Bob

    On April 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm


    please do consider about selective gender abortion in these countries too..

    As many as 10 million female fetuses may have been aborted in India over the last 20 years ( NYTimes )

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